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Dance eXchange

Based on the award-winning methodology of the National Dance Institute (NDI), Dance eXchange uses live music and structured creative learning to teach Philadelphia students the basic vocabulary of dance, while fostering personal growth skills like self-confidence, focus, teamwork, and determination. Founded in Spring 2014 with a class of 24 students at Andrew Jackson School, the program has since grown to reach nearly 200 3rd and 4th grade students in the 2016-2017 school year.Dance eXchange brings two teaching artists and a live musician into the classroom twice every week for a total of 24 class sessions per year, and features a mid-way performance for students’ peers and a final performance on a professional stage for friends, family, and the community.

From a Dance eXchange Parent: My child used to sing and dance in the house but was afraid to do it outside. Since joining Dance eXchange she is trying to show the world she can dance.

From a Dance eXchange Classroom Teacher: Dance eXchange helped our students focus better and be more disciplined inside and outside our classroom.

Kate Carr, Outreach Coordinator
National Dance Institute Training Residency: Sep. 25-29, 2017
  • BalletX hosts our annual Teacher Training Residency with NDI from September 25-29, 2017 at Vare-Washington Elementary School. Attending teachers will have the opportunity to hone their craft and gain exposure to NDI’s unique and engaging curriculum while working alongside 3rd and 4th graders.
  • The residency is open to dancers, dance educators, and teachers interested in working with elementary aged children.
  • Interested in Participating or Observing? Click here for more information and to apply online.
Details about Dance eXchange
  • 24 in-school sessions per school year
  • 2 dance teaching artists
  • 1 live musician
  • Mid-way performance for peers
  • Final performance on a professional stage
  • View Dance eXchange Information Sheet
Requirements for Dance eXchange
  • 30' x 30' (minimum) open area for dance
  • Dedicated hour-long slot, twice per week
Inquire about our programs

To inquire about Dance eXchange or other educational programs, submit the form below.

Our Sponsors

Dance eXchange is generously funded by the William Penn Foundation, Leo Model Foundation, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Samuel S. Fels Fund, Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, Zeldin Family Foundation, Loeb Performing Arts Fund, Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial, Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Berkowitz Family Foundation, and PECO, lead corporate sponsor.


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